MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez scores 50th win at Brno

The Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky – Round 10 of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim the 50th premier-class win of his career. The Spaniard was joined on the Brno podium by Andrea Dovizioso (2nd, Ducati Team) and Jack Miller (3rd, Pramac Racing). Márquez is now 63 points clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings.

 

The start of the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky was delayed by 35 minutes after a shower swept over the circuit following the Moto2 race. The race was shortened from 21 to 20 laps and, for the first time this season, was declared ‘wet’.

Despite some lingering damp patches, all the riders opted for MICHELIN Power Slicks for the second start which saw Márquez defend his first place on the grid which he had earned the previous afternoon thanks to a spectacular pole-winning lap on slick tyres in drying conditions.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso leapt from fourth to second place, as Miller, Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) tucked in behind.

Lapping on hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Márquez upped his pace for the second half of the grand prix to take the flag 2.452 seconds clear of Dovizioso (medium/soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear). The performance and consistency of his Michelin tyres allowed the Honda star to post fast, consistent lap times en route to his sixth win of the season, his 50th at MotoGPTM level. Only Rossi (89), Giacomo Agostini (68) and Mick Doohan (54) have notched up a superior tally.

The fierce fight between Miller (same tyre choice as Márquez ) and Rins for third place played out in favour of the former who secured his footing on the podium two laps from home.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Rossi were fourth and fifth, while Fabio Quatararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top 10.

The short shower that fell prior to the start made tyre choices complex but the decision to postpone the start by 35 minutes allowed everyone to fit MICHELIN Power Slicks, with most of the riders opting for a combination of medium and soft tyres front and rear.

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Today’s result has extended Márquez’s lead in the championship to 63 and 83 points respectively over Dovizioso and Petrucci.

Next round: myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Austria (August 9-11).

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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